These are my ruminations (or two penn’th worth) on Post-40 Bloggers’ writing prompt No. 56 – ‘Social Media: The Conflict Between Work and Play.’
The use of social media in hiring and firing decisions gives me pause when used unlawfully and without discretion. This pertains as much to the employer as the employee.
On the one hand, we’re saying lock down social media if you don’t want your employer to know you go home on a Friday night and dress the cat in a négligée and lipstick. The inference being odd behaviour is okay (dating the cat is odd, right?) if no-one knows about it? So are we then punishing people in the workplace for just being plain stupid in not locking down their social media – or taking the moral high ground on how people should behave in their personal lives?